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Grand Opening, Soft Opening, Opening in General


So you made the decision to be your own boss and venture into self-employment, congratulations. One of the first important steps is your soft opening and your grand opening, both are extremely important and here are some helpful hints to assist you.


Prior to opening- Reach out to other businesses. Most villages have associations, where the business owners get together monthly and try generate additional local business (Medina Business Association- MBA, Albion Merchants Association - AMA, Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association- OONA ). The Chamber of Commerce is also another great resource and can help you network and provide insight. Your business might not be the same as your neighbor, however you have a common goal to bring customers to your location. Business brings business. Make sure you have started building a customer base on social media prior to opening, sneak peeks and previews will draw future customers.


Soft Opening- This is where you should invite friends, family and other business owners. Feedback is crucial and friends and family will provide this. Other business owners will provide more detailed feedback and take it with an open mind they are still in business for a reason. Things like lighting, signage, music, temperature, aroma, and windows displays all are important and it’s easy to overlook. Having an excuse why something is a certain way may be okay, but you already worked hard to get the customer to your store, make sure there first impression is great, you want them to come back.


Grand Opening- This is your time to shine. Have an official ribbon cutting both the Chamber and Business Association will help you set this up with the connections they have. The press should be present along with the local politicians. This will generate more buzz and every politician loves small business. Possibly have light refreshments, balloons, grand opening sign, maybe a special deal just for that day. You should have worked out the kinks and changes needed since occurred since the soft opening. Good Luck


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The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce is growing!! We are happy to have the following members join our organization!


ADVIO Advertising

Big Ash Fireplace & Stoves

Canalside Tattoo Company


Genesis PPG


Medina RR Museum (Returning Member)

Oak Orchard Health (Returning Member)

Schwenk Wine Cellars

Silsby Family Dental

Sunrise Door & Woodworks (Returning Member)

Tahoe Pines Custom Sewing & Designs

The Medicine Shoppe (Returning Member)

The Missing Peace Holistic Wellness Center

Tobacco Free GLOW Program

Traveling Towpath Troubadours



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A Peek Inside Meggie Moo's

A Peek Inside Meggie Moo's

It’s hard to believe Meggie Moo’s is turning 3 this summer.  It’s been so much fun watching children and adults alike marvel at our local ice cream parlor.  We’ve enjoyed sharing special birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and proms.  Elvis is always here in our 50’s themed parlor.  Elsa has made more appearances at the themed birthday parties, that Jim was beginning to think she was going to stay forever too!

 So much will be going on this summer.  Megan graduates and is off to Germany, Switzerland and Austria for a couple of weeks – then on to college.  We welcomed Kara to our staff.  Our patio will be a great addition.  We started with just 8 ice cream flavors and this year we’ve moved to 24!  We’ve changed a couple of games in the game room – and we are all looking forward to a great summer.  We love Medina.


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Facebook For Your Business

Facebook For Your Business

Facebook when used properly can be a great asset to your business and it’s practically free. What a better way to connect with your customers directly then with an applications they are already using daily.


Facebook allows your customers to get to know your business and feel comfortable with you. Providing updates and engaging content, hooks customers into wanting to learn more about your business and eventually leads to sales. It is quick and easy to use.

Additionally, Facebook offers an advertising options that are extremely simple, yet very precise. You have the ability to share your posts with demographics of your choosing for a relatively low price, with guaranteed views. More importantly it provides feedback and statistics on your ads and posts which you can learn from.

Used with other social media and your website, it will help spread your business and stand out from the crowd.



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Together We Achieve More!

Together We Achieve More!

Collaboration does not take place with effort! People networking can never be unsuccessful.

Every day you can be sure that there will be a time that you as a business person will have the opportunity to be a resource for someone or.....a networking resource can help you. Together we achieve more!

8 Quotes to Inspire Teamwork:

1. "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Andrew Carnegie

2. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Helen Keller

3. " Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only war to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." Patrick Lencioni

4. "None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard

5. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Henry Ford

6. "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." Henry Ford



8. "Unity is strength....when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

     Mattie Stepaek

As an Orleans County Chamber of Commerce member you have over 150 resources at your fingertips. Let's collaborate with members.....the OCCC us "OPEN" for sharing of business information!

It is my goal to help us all work together for the benefit of Orleans County Business.

Rebecca Charland

Executive Director






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